Fall armyworm research experiences some familiar issues...

Duplication of effort

Knowledge gaps not properly identified and addressed

Lag time to communicate findings and results

Portal Aims:

·         To improve the dissemination of fall armyworm (FAW) research by providing accessible research updates from across the world.

·         To increase collaboration opportunities within the FAW research community by providing a central space for users to easily find and communicate with other researchers working within the same field.

·         To reduce the time that it takes for current research to translate into actionable methods to control the rapidly growing threat of FAW.

·         To provide a central space for researchers to share and access project data, including data not associated with publications, such as negative results.


Since its arrival in West Africa in 2016, FAW Spodoptera frugiperda has caused significant economic losses because of its rapid spread, triggering yield reduction in important food crops. Major global efforts have been made by crop protection organisations to manage the pest and minimise its impact on food security. However, limited communication and collaboration has slowed research into important topics, and risked duplication and other inefficiencies.

The FAW Research Collaboration Portal was formally launched by CABI, in collaboration with several major research organisations and industry bodies, in 2020. The portal provides a comprehensive and accessible common platform for FAW researchers to share their findings and collaborate with other researchers in FAW research.

The FAW Research Collaboration Portal has been recognised by the FAW Research for Development (R4D) Consortium as a valuable tool, and has been adopted as the official research collaboration website for its member organisations. The R4D Consortium is co-led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and was established to coordinate the efforts of its members in pursuing a wide range of options for fighting FAW, with a strong emphasis on integrated pest management.

For more information about the R4D Consortium, contact g.renard@cgiar.org or k.lopez@cgiar.org.

Approach to Open Science

The Portal is maintained in line with the principles of open science. We believe that useful scientific information should be accessible to researchers and the wider scientific community. Users are therefore encouraged to include data in their research notes.

Unless otherwise stated, all information on the research collaboration portal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, which means any user must give appropriate attribution. For more information on how this affects you, visit the Creative Commons information page here.

Funding Support

This website has been made possible through funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) under the Action on Invasives programme.


To cite the FAW Research Collaboration Portal as a whole, use the following citation:

CABI (Current Year). Fall armyworm Research Collaboration Portal. Available at: https://faw.researchcollaborationportal.org/ (Accessed: day month year)

To cite a specific research note, use the following citation:

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year). Title of Research Note [Online]. FAW Research Collaboration Portal. Available at: URL (Accessed: day month year)